Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has admitted cheating on his wife and attending sex parties thrown by screen siren Diana Dors in sensational courtroom testimony. The 70 year old, from Surrey, England, is on trial accused of 11 charges of indecent assault relating to seven females aged 14 to 20 between 1966 and 1984.
Clifford took the stand at Southwark Crown Court in London on Wednesday (26Mar14) and vehemently denied the charges, dismissing allegations he had a sexual interest in children as "utterly revolting, utterly untrue, disgusting lies" and when asked whether he had ever had sexual contact with a woman without her consent, he replied, "No."
He was also asked about his sex life, and Clifford admitted cheating on his first wife, Liz, with four different women, while he also confirmed he had attended saucy parties thrown by actress Dors in the 1960s.
Clifford told the court, "There would have been parties from my younger days when I was friends with Diana Dors because Diana had parties... sometimes there was sex... but they weren't orgies. Not everyone went there and took their clothes off. In most of these situations they were one-bedroom premises, there was kissing, caressing and flirtation."
The publicist also denied allegations he had impersonated Hollywood heavyweights including director Michael Winner and actor Charles Bronson on the phone as part of a scheme to lure girls into performing sex acts on him, although he admitted he sometimes used fake identities as a way of "checking people out and getting to the truth" when dealing with potential clients.
Clifford denies 11 charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.
The screenwriter/director, best known for his work on 'sexploitation' comedies of the 1960s and '70s, passed away on Monday (10Sep12) in Buckinghamshire, England of natural causes.
Long found fame directing low budget saucy comedies and became known as the King of Sexploitation.
His films included On The Game, Eskimo Nell, and The Wife Swappers, as well as Adventures Of A Taxi Driver, and he worked with stars including Diana Dors and Ian Lavender.
In later years, he set up post-production company Salon, which was behind movies including Batman Begins and V for Vendetta.
Late British actor and U.S. game show legend Richard Dawson was diagnosed with cancer just three weeks before his death on Saturday (02Jun12).
The Hogan's Heroes star, who later became known as the lovable host of America's Family Feuds, died in Los Angeles from complications of esophageal cancer.
His son Gary - from the presenter's marriage to British bombshell Diana Dors - reveals his dad only learned he was battling the disease shortly before his passing, after seeking help from doctors for what he thought was heartburn.
Dawson's first radiation treatment didn't go smoothly and he suffered a heart attack during the session.
Gary Dawson tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "It all just kind of happened really quickly."
Dawson passed away surrounded by his family and Gary is happy he wasn't in pain for too long.
He says, "Luckily, he didn't have to go through all the bad treatments and stuff... We all got to say goodbye. When we were saying goodbye, his eyes popped open. He hugged us. It was a beautiful moment."
The star passed away at Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan Memorial hospital on Saturday night (02Jun12) from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 79.
Breaking the news to fans on Facebook.com, Dawson's son Gary writes, "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."
Born Colin Lionel Emm in Britain, Dawson landed his big break in the 1960s in U.S. TV comedy Hogan's Heroes, about prisoners in a Nazi prisoner of war camp. He played quick-talking Corporal Peter Newkirk in the series until 1971, before embarking on a change of career by fronting the quiz show Family Feud.
Famed for giving each of his female contestants a kiss, the job won him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for Best TV Game Show Host.
He also landed a cameo in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1987 movie The Running Man and made regular appearances on another game show, The Match Game.
Dawson is survived by his second wife Gretchen, a former contestant on Family Feud, and his two sons Mark and Gary from his seven-year marriage to blonde British bombshell Diana Dors.